BEYOND THE STREETS is happy to announce Birthday party at Megiddo, the LA solo debut from Oakland-based visible artist Gregory Rick. A recipient of SF MOMA’s 2022 SECA Artwork Award, contemporary graduate of Stanford College’s MFA artwork observe program, and player in BEYOND THE STREETS’ inaugural Put up Graffiti exhibition, Rick will exhibit a brand new selection of paintings that builds at the style of historical past portray, describing his artwork as exploring “the recognized, the difficult to understand, and the forgotten”, whilst wondering the who’s and why’s of historical past.
A local of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rick’s paintings is encouraged through private stories, however isn’t completely private. It tells tales that replicate his existence because it pertains to a discussion with the broader international. The place delusion offers voice to the underbelly, the lumpen in tandem exhibiting the acquainted and grandiose. His paintings tethers in combination apparently opposing concepts between the non-public, the ancient and the political.
“I’m portray on a shaky ancient line cemented in humility and conviction. I occupy my footage with characters who function archetypes along side reminiscence and self-exploration reflecting at the absurdness and monumentality of historical past,” Rick stocks.
The identify for Rick’s display combines two phrases that appear inextricably opposing but cemented in cognitive dissonance. Megiddo is a connection with the struggle of Armageddon, being town by which the good final struggle used to be prophesied to happen. It references a birthday celebration on the ultimate struggle of humanity, wondering the unsure occasions we are living in, the place we unexpectedly feed the fireplace of the anthropocene, on cruise keep watch over within the rapid lane to extinction with such reckless ferocity it nearly turns out as though we’re celebrating our personal loss of life. The exhibition has few solutions however as a substitute displays and fosters many questions as Rick ponders a an important a part of this modern second.
Rick’s fondness for artwork started across the time his father used to be sentenced to jail for manslaughter. It served as each a way of gaining company in a chaotic adolescence – as one has keep watch over of the narrative in a single’s personal footage – and as a connection along with his father throughout the meticulous copying of illustrations from an previous army encyclopedia that he left at the back of ahead of being incarcerated. When faculties in his space stopped providing artwork categories, Rick was infatuated with the artwork that used to be readily to be had, which used to be graffiti. He would devote his existence to interpreting the cryptic language, which led to hassle with the regulation, together with fees that have been in the long run cleared after Rick enlisted within the Military. There he used to be assigned to the one hundred and first Airborne Department, with whom he fought in Iraq from 2005 to 2006.
After his enlistment time period used to be up, Rick discovered it onerous to regulate again to his previous existence and in the long run discovered himself homeless and suffering with plenty of problems. He nonetheless carried round pen and paper and would draw for a similar causes that motivated him in his adolescence. Right through this seminal level in his existence, he sought lend a hand from the native Veterans Affairs workplace, the place artwork was a vital side of his restoration.
“Gregory Rick’s paintings speaks about energy and anguish, just right and evil. About resiliency. He contextualizes those narratives through mining the complexities of our collective previous and sharing views continuously unnoticed in ancient accounts. His talent to polish a mild at the oppressed and forgotten is a triumph that we’re proud and excited to percentage with Los Angeles,” says gallery director Dante Parel.
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